Posts Tagged ‘ Hurricane Sandy ’

NOAA grant to help clear storm debris from Connecticut’s shoreline

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program has awarded $752,822 in federal funds to the state to help remove marine debris from Connecticut’s shoreline, including a tidal marsh area in Old Saybrook, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The Marine Debris Program funds were made available to states impacted

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Climate Change: Climate change Affects State, But Legislative Answers Stalled

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

176 bills on climate change were introduced in the 113th Congress, including 108 that address global warming and other climate change factors. But 68 bills would “hinder climate action,” including 45 that would curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.



State seeking public review and comment on action plan for $66M in federal Super Storm Sandy recovery

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

Plan Released for Second Tranche of Federal CDBG Funding, Residents Invited To Weigh-In Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the state Department of Housing (DOH) has released for public comment an action plan that outlines how the state will distribute $66 million in federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG- DR) funding to continue

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CT’s Sandy housing program yet to repair a single home

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

A year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the state’s coastline, not a single homeowner has been helped by a new program aimed at repairing homes. Similar programs in New York and New Jersey have also failed to rehab a single house. For more on this story, visit: CT’s Sandy housing program yet to repair a single

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Connecticut to receive $65 million for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced the state will be receiving an additional $65 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bolster Connecticut’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. With this funding, Connecticut has now received over the last year an unprecedented $500 million in aid from the federal government to support

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TNC Report Addresses Protecting Coastal Communities from Climate Change Impacts

Oct 24th, 2013 | By

The Nature Conservancy prepared the report by request from The New York City Special Initiative for Rebuilding to undertake a project evaluating the role of nature and natural infrastructure in protecting communities from some of the impacts of climate change. The community of Howard Beach, Queens, was selected as a conceptual model for the project because this neighborhood, hit hard during Sandy, is low-lying and densely populated. Although Howard Beach was used in the analysis, the study methodology is applicable to coastal communities across the City and around the globe.



Union of Concerned Scientists hosts ‘Sandy, One Year Later: Looking to the Future’ Oct. 29, West Long Branch, NJ

Oct 18th, 2013 | By
Aerial view of flooding after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Superstorm Sandy flooded cities and changed coastlines, causing $75 billion in damage and making it the second-costliest extreme weather event in U.S. history. But the consequences would have been far worse without modern science. As we brace for more damaging storms, we must: improve prediction, response and recovery; better integrate science in risk assessments; create more resilient infrastructure; and ensure that communities can access adequate information to make good planning decisions that benefit all community members. One year after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, UCS is holding a full-day forum to discuss how the application of scientific information can make communities more resilient and help the region plan for the future. Participants can attend either in person or via webcast. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about the conference.



As the planet warms, the sea rises. Coastlines flood … How will we face the danger of rising seas?

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

In May the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million, the highest since three million years ago. Sea levels then may have been as much as 65 feet above today’s; the Northern Hemisphere was largely ice free year-round. It would take centuries for the oceans to reach such catastrophic heights again, and much depends on whether we manage to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. In the short term scientists are still uncertain about how fast and how high seas will rise. Estimates have repeatedly been too conservative.



Protecting the Electric Grid From Increasingly Severe Weather Due to Climate Change

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Energy Department evaluates the economic cost of power outages and calls for increased cross-sector investment to make the electric grid more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather events due to climate change. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The White House.



Connecticut Steps Forward on Climate Preparedness

Aug 12th, 2013 | By
Storm damage (photo: cjzurcher)

Connecticut is the latest state to release a comprehensive plan to prepare for climate change impacts. Just a few weeks ago, the state finalized its plan to address impacts on agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health.



HUD approves Malloy’s Hurricane Sandy plan

Jul 20th, 2013 | By

Approval of the plan means Malloy can move forward with a new housing program that would distribute $30 million in Community Development Block grants to homeowners who suffered damages from Sandy that were not covered by insurance companies or Federal Emergency Management Agency money.



Easement Program To Help Connecticut Recover from Sandy

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing up to $124.8 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement funding to help prevent damages from significant storm events in Connecticut and other states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



State’s shoreline may not be ready for another hit

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

Communities up and down the coast have been weighing whether they should let Mother Nature dictate the shoreline’s physical state or helping it along in the name of public use. Either way, the question that remains is whether Connecticut’s natural coastline – after two years of battering by Irene and Sandy and a couple of blizzards – can take another hit right now.



President Obama to Unveil Plan to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
Damage from Hurricane Irene as seen by the CT National Guard.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record droughts and wildfires in many states, President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Connecticut applauded the announcement.

“Connecticut is already paying a price as global warming fuels more damaging storms and dangerous heat waves,” said Chris Phelps, with Environment Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this news story.



Hurricane Sandy released 10 billion gallons of sewage into NY and NJ waterways

May 1st, 2013 | By

Hurricane Sandy’s huge coastal floods flushed 10 billion gallons of sewage into New York and New Jersey’s waterways, according to a new report.

Virtually all of the sewage leaked into rivers, lakes, streams and oceans between Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Climate Central and NYDailyNews.



Report: Conn. shoreline towns need new zoning laws

Jan 15th, 2013 | By

Two members of the Shoreline Preservation Task Force say revised zoning laws ultimately will make builders, mortgage finance companies and homeowners reappraise home construction on beachfront property. Click on this environmental headline to read more from The Associated Press.



Storm Surges and Sea Level Rise | Global Warming Blog by Henry Auer

Dec 16th, 2012 | By

Hurricane Sandy inflicted heavy damage on the northeastern U. S. states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on October 29, 2012. Much of the damage arose from the storm surge of unprecedented intensity that accompanied the storm. This post summarizes several recent scientific articles characterizing melting of polar ice, historical sea level rise over

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Robert Miller: Sandy and the shoreline

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

Off the Connecticut coast, there is a tiny island — Falkner Island — that’s off grounds for humans but important for seabirds. The island is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, the chain of islands and salt marshes that runs from Greenwich to Clinton. It’s closed to the public because it’s so fragile.

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After Hurricane Sandy: What birds can tell us

Nov 14th, 2012 | By

Sandy arrived at the end of migration season, affecting birds and habitats all along the Atlantic flyway — the coastal route used by birds heading from as far north as the Arctic to as far south as Patagonia and back each year. Fortunately, most of the migrants had already left Connecticut. Some, like the siskins,

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Groups review Conn.’s environmental storm damage

Nov 13th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has begun collecting information on damage to the shoreline and marine life. One concern is possible damage to shellfish beds caused by the storm surge and the sewage discharges, which led to a ban on shellfishing in many areas near the shoreline. For more on this story,

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